In the period 1700-1900, kings and empires rose and fell, but science conquered all, taking the world by storm. Yet, as the 1700s began, the mysteries of the universe were pondered by "natural philosophers"—the term "scientist" didn't even exist until the mid 19th century—whose explanations couldn't help but be influenced by the religious thought and political and social cIn the period 1700-1900, kings and empires rose and fell, but science conquered all, taking the world by storm. Yet, as the 1700s began, the mysteries of the universe were pondered by "natural philosophers"—the term "scientist" didn't even exist until the mid 19th century—whose explanations couldn't help but be influenced by the religious thought and political and social contexts that shaped their world.The radical ideas of the Enlightenment were especially important and influential. In this course you see how the work of these natural philosophers prepared the way for the more familiar world of science we recognize today....
|Title||:||The History of Science: 1700-1900 (Great Courses, #1210)|
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|Number of Pages||:||301 Pages|
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The History of Science: 1700-1900 (Great Courses, #1210) Reviews
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A great course on the development of ideas and its supporters and detractors. The utopian idea of a cohesive "science" is not only a misnomer but it betrays the complex and dogmatic nature of inquiry in the field of natural sciences. Gregory demonstrates that the modern notion of a scientific worldview is not based on the historical facts of the complex interplay of various fields of study but merely a dogmatic desire to see the world in a certain way. Highly recommended!
This 212 page course guide and 36 lecture audio series comprise an excellent survey of 18th and 19th century science. Interesting, informative, comprehensive.
This was an excellent summary of science and highlights of major milestones in scientific discoveries throughout the 1700 & 1800's. Prof. Gregory has put together an incredible lecture series that provides the audience with an illustrative narrative that did not feel like reading through a dull history book, but instead felt like a moving story with key players.Something unexpected was that he was able to work into his narrative the religious perspectives of nearly every philosopher and scientist that was highlighted. One key factor I gained from this presentation was how easy we tend to overlook religious and cultural differences when studying history, and I am guilty of this myself, but rarely do I ever consider the historical figure's time as it was relative to their way of thinking. As Prof. Gregory points out, we tend to apply our own prejudices and understanding on people of the past and ask why how they did or why they did not arrive at the "obvious" conclusions for areas that have since been made well known to us.Overall, this was an incredible series on the history of science and truly covered all aspects of the major disciplines: astronomy, biology, geology, physics, medicine, etc.Pros: the religious perspective offered with each influential scientist/philosopherCons: would have been interesting to keep going into the 1900's; however I recognize that for scope (and length) purposes this was not feasible.Bottom line: a great read for anyone interested in the realm of science or anyone who as ever questioned how we ever got to our present day understanding.
Makes you crave for more ....
A nice general overview.
Solid set of lectures. I liked about 2/3 of the course, the last third got a bit tiresome.
This was a great lecture series. I could not have asked for more. Gregory provided an extremely thorough history, which was delivered in an accessible and optimally organized way. Fantastic!